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Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported a sharp net loss year-on-year, following an unprecedented period of energy market turmoil and significantly weaker oil and gas prices.
The Anglo-Dutch company reported that net income attributable to shareholders on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis and excluding identified items, which is used as a proxy for net profit, came in at a loss of $18.3 billion for the second quarter of 2020.
That compared with net profit of $3.5 billion over the same period a year earlier and $2.9 billion in the first three months of 2020.
Analysts had warned that “Big Oil” companies, referring to the world’s largest energy…